Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski Receives 2014 NIMS Award
The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) annually hosts the “NIMS Conference” and every year invites the world’s leading researchers to discuss various issues and present their latest results in the fields of materials science, nanotechnology, environment, and energy. NIMS Conference 2014, which is the 11th such conference, was held from July 1 to 3, 2014, at the Tsukuba International Congress Center, under the theme of “Soft Materials Will Open the Way to the Society of the Future.”
At this conference, the NIMS Award was presented to those researchers who have achieved substantial progress in the field of materials science and technology. Sixty-eight candidates had been nominated from among the world’s top researchers in light of the theme of “soft materials.” A committee of impartial experts made the final choice and selected Mitsuo Sawamoto, PhD, at Kyoto University for his great contribution to the establishment of a precision polymerization method and a precision synthesis method of functional polymers, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, PhD, the J.C. Warner Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and an affiliated faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, for his success in the development of atom transfer radical polymerization. The award winners gave lectures after the presentation ceremony at the conference.